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Hoping for free compost from city of Boise this weekend? Here’s a dirty little secret

Boiseans can now have their yard waste converted to compost

Boise residents can now toss their yard waste and organics into green-lidded bins provided by the city. The program keeps added waste from entering the landfill. Republic Services transports the material to a composting facility south of Boise at
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Boise residents can now toss their yard waste and organics into green-lidded bins provided by the city. The program keeps added waste from entering the landfill. Republic Services transports the material to a composting facility south of Boise at

Gorgeous weekend to pick up free compost from the city of Boise, right?

Put down your shovel. It’s gone.

In its first week, the city of Boise blew through all the finished compost it made available to participants in the curbside composting program — about 300 cubic yards worth.

So if you were planning to pick up free compost this holiday weekend at the Idaho Botanical Garden, 2355 Old Penitentiary Road, you’ll have to wait. The Garden received one last delivery today, but it was going fast. And it won’t be replenished Saturday as planned.

More finished compost should become available soon at the Botanical Garden, which is open seven days a week, and the Boise WaterShed, which is open Mondays through Fridays. (It’s closed today for the holiday.) The city is waiting for test results on its next row of compost, and it will need to be screened and delivered.

The first batch of finished compost was distributed Nov. 18 at four Boise locations, with additional self-serve loading made available starting Nov. 20 at the Boise WaterShed and Botanical Garden.

In a November news release, the city said that 18 million pounds of waste material had been diverted from the county landfill since the composting program started in June.

“We’re thrilled that we are now able to share such high-quality compost with the citizens who have embraced this new program,” Boise Public Works Director Steve Burgos said. “The amount of compostable material received through the program has exceeded all expectations, and is truly a testament to the commitment of Boise citizens to practice sustainability and waste reduction.”

Michael Deeds: 208-377-6407, @michaeldeeds

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